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JeffFromSchool t1_jc84csk wrote

If that's what you want, then I'd have to agree with the IOC - this would be the end of international competition as we know it.

I know you think it would make them look like fools with their "Olympics" of only 4 or 5 nations, but what you suggest would just grow into it's own monster. What we would end up with are "blocks" of international competitions where only countries that get along politically compete against each other.

People need to sit down and think before they just blurt out and run with the first solution that comes to mind. If we aren't careful, our solutions may not lead to a more peaceful world in 100 years, but a blocked-off, isolated one.

Personally, I don't want to look back at the 20th century as a rare and fleeting time in human history where we actually had our shit together enough to compete as a world.


kennyisacunt t1_jc8bxvi wrote

The 20th Century? The century that had 2 world wars, a Cold War that led to a blocked off, isolated world, and boycotts of international competitions by "blocks" of countries that got along politically?


Nepiton t1_jc8pkrv wrote

Don’t forget about the global depression as well that left many destitute and on the brink of starvation, Mao Zedong, Stalin, the Spanish Flu, American assassinations of POC, Jim Crowe, segregation, the Spanish Civil War, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, HIV, the Rwandan genocide.

The list goes on and on


bogboom t1_jc8v4hr wrote

Guess you missed the part where the 66 nations boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics over the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. Or the 1984 LA Olympics that a bunch of Soviet Bloc nations and allies boycotted.

The thing is the Olympics the Soviet Bloc boycotted had huge participation by all the other nations where as the 1980 boycott turned the Olympics that year into a farce.


JeffFromSchool t1_jc93u2k wrote

Guess you missed people boycotting Soviet athletes at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Oh wait, you did, because that didn't happen. Good thing, too, or we wouldn't have had the Miracle on Ice.


JeffFromSchool t1_jca78tf wrote

There is a world of difference between boycotting an Olympics games held in the Capital of a country invading others, and to refuse to host that countries athletes in an Olympiad held elsewhere. One is a political stance, the other is just racist/nationalist.

We boycotted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, but the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid welcomed Soviet Athletes with open arms. Who would have thought that we could learn a thing or two from 1980's America...

We still make movies about what happened in the 1980 Winter Games


bogboom t1_jcak8mt wrote

And unlike 1980 there isn’t a convenient Olympics being held in Moscow to boycott, so the next best thing is prevent their athletes who have been caught time and again being involved in so many state sponsored drug scandals as well, from enjoying the privilege of international competition while their country continues its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the murder of thousands of civilians.


JeffFromSchool t1_jcakz5r wrote

I mean, now you're just moving the goalposts. I don't disagree with you there, but that isn't what we were talking about.